"The only kind of power he acknowledges is personal power, not institutional power"

It’s of a piece, which is that the only kind of power he acknowledges his personal power, not institutional power. And the idea that the attorney general or a judge has some independent mandate to do a constitutional role, that’s not really part of his mental vocabulary. And so it’s all, are you loyal to me or are you not loyal to me?

And this, by the way, if you look at how — I don’t to want get hysterical here, but if you look at the way regimes decay all across the world from democracy toward authoritarianism, this is a classic thing that happens in almost every case, where the institutional power gets devolved back into personal power, and you return toward the rule of the clan.

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